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Heroes vs Victims

Link: FT.com / World - Iran debacle shows failure to understand the British services.

The linked article is behind a subscription, but even if you can't read the whole thing the following quote makes my point;

Mr Browne and the MoD have fallen into the trap – too commonplace today – of confusing victims with heroes. This strikes at the heart of the culture and morale of the armed forces.

"Confusing victims with heroes" is not only destructive in the military. It destroys human dignity everywhere. It is no "trap." It is New Labour's modus operandi. The Party has journeyed steadily from compassion for the unfortunate, via the schadenfreude of the Leftist middle classes to the pedestalisation of losers. Its oft-repeated mantra - "the most vulnerable members of society" - is spoken with awe. Labour now feeds on vulnerability. It needs dependent people to achieve its only political goal; keeping its parasitic aparatchiks in their places.

Defining poverty in percentage terms guarantees - as Christ said - that "the poor are always with us." But  that  is not enough. Opinion polls show that fewer and fewer people define themselves as working class. As reported here;

While Europe’s social-democratic parties have always been social coalitions, their core, physically and ideologically, has been the industrial working class – in Britain for most of the last 150 years a majority of the working population. The industrial working class was not only the base of the Labour Party but the motor of the interventionist state itself. That class is today very much a minority: by all conventional criteria Britain is now inescapably a middle-class country.

Labour therefore needs a new set of victims to be "the motor of the interventionist state." Preferably lots of them. How else to keep itself at the troughs of public office? By rewarding victims, it seeks to enlist them. Nothing can be more pitiful than to watch my countrymen squabbling over who is the greater victim and more deserving of Government support.

ImagesLabour is now the Losers' Party,  but it was not always so. The early days of the Labour movement (in which I include trade unions, the Co-operative movement and such smaller phenomena as Miners' Institutes and workingmen's clubs) were about sturdy self-reliance. They were about working people helping each other to rise from poverty - whether financial, educational or spiritual. They were about "community" but not in the modern sense of people classified into hierarchies of victimhood.

The unstated objective of the elderly Labourites among whom I grew up was to avoid the waste of human potential. Nothing could be more laudable. In the 1920's and 1930's, when their views were formed, I would certainly have been a member, if only because theirs was a Party determined to broaden educational opportunity

Such were, once, the values and aspirations of the English working classes and of the Labour Party. I cannot think of anything more insulting than the condescension implied in Labour's current cult of victimhood. I could not despise anyone more than I despise its high priests; except perhaps the degraded specimens their cult  has produced of the class in which I grew up.

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